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01/23/2018   eWeek Cloud News
The ATAsphere platform provides automated, integrated cloud migration along with discovery, application mapping, mirroring, and migration for enterprise workloads at scale.
01/23/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Unlike Amazon’s Audible service, users can buy individual Google audiobook titles without any membership and without any commitment to buy more.
01/23/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Modern business applications bring together many strands of development. You’re no doubt most familiar with n-tier applications, building on decades of programming skills and techniques, linking UI to code and to data. They’re familiar and easy to understand. But that all changes when you start to add new technologies and approaches, constructing massively scalable distributed computing platforms that take advantage of large amounts of data and machine learning.

Much of modern machine learning builds on using analytical tools to explore data and develop rules for showing statistically significant outliers. Although specialized neural networks handle complex speech and image recognition, most problems don’t require particularly complex models—especially if you’re using predictive algorithms on streams of data from sensors or other IoT hardware. Even so it’s important to try new algorithms out on realm data before you implement them.

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01/23/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

The press is still having a field day with this relatively new tech term edge computing, and how it will soon displace cloud computing. I’ve seen more a half dozen articles in just the last two months that advancing the perception that edge computing will displace, not complement, cloud computing.

It’s sad to see such naive discussions continue around edge computing, which I’ve previously tried to debunk in my posts “Make sense of edge computing vs. cloud computing” and “Edge computing: What you need to know before you deploy.” But let me try again!

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01/22/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

For countless organizations, a new calendar year means new tech challenges and potential new strategies ahead. Cloud technologies are so flexible with so many options that the best answer for a given organization may not be obvious. It takes a bit of research to analyze what these options mean to an organization, so let’s explore the cloud technology scene for 2018.

Multicloud vs. hybrid cloud

One of the most significant technology terms to emerge in 2017 was multicloud. This technology approach uses several cloud components made up of both public and private services from more than one service provider. Different than hybrid cloud, multicloud specifically uses multiple public clouds and joins them to serve one application. Hybrid is similar in that it uses different public and private cloud technologies to serve one application, but not necessarily from different vendors. Either by circumstance or by strategic planning, as companies embrace this practice, one of the principal challenges they’ll face is in the field of security, compliance, and cost rationalization of the different options. Ever more complex environments mean that greater risks are inevitable, and the beginning of a new year is an ideal opportunity for a thorough evaluation.

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01/22/2018   eWeek Cloud News
DAILY VIDEO: Amazon's list of 20 potential HQ2 sites shows focus on Washington, D.C.; Dark Caracal targets Android devices in a global cyber-espionage campaign; IBM shows positive revenue growth for the first time in six years; and there's more.
01/22/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Increasing numbers of big-data workloads and the rise of real-time computing have slowed production in the cloud; conventional architectures have been unable to meet future demand. Edge computing is coming to the rescue.
01/22/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Like many, I was at the AWS Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas in December. No surprise—lots going on in the fast-moving world of cloud computing. In particular, the rise of serverless technology left many asking, what monitoring do you really need if it’s all taken care of in the cloud?

A serverless technology primer

Serverless is essentially functions-as-a-service. It allows a development team to upload its application code without worrying a bit about provisioning and patching servers or containers, managing scaling, or redundancy. Pricewise, it’s often a win because you only pay for an actual code execution, not idle servers. It’s a continuation of the evolution we’ve seen in IT over the past decades from bare-metal servers to virtual machines, and then containers.

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01/19/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Major technology companies, lawmakers and media organizations rally behind Microsoft in a U.S. Supreme Court case with implications for the cloud computing market.
01/19/2018   eWeek Cloud News
IT giants name each other as preferred services providers and will offer all-new customer engagement platform for sales and service.
01/19/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Portability means that you can move an application from one host environment to another, including cloud to cloud such as from Amazon Web Services to Microsoft Azure. The work needed to complete the porting of an application from one platform to another depends upon the specific circumstances.

Containers are one technology meant to make such porting easier, by encapsulating the application and operating systems into a bundle that can be run on a platform that supports that container standard like Docker or Kubernetes. But containers are no silver bullet.

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01/19/2018   Virtualization
NEWS ANALYSIS: Born back in 1995, Java remains one of the most popular programming languages in use, particularly for client-server web applications, with an estimated 9 million developers. Its beauty is that it’s an evolving technology.
01/19/2018   eWeek Cloud News
NEWS ANALYSIS: Born back in 1995, Java remains one of the most popular programming languages in use, particularly for client-server web applications, with an estimated 9 million developers. Its beauty is that it’s an evolving technology.
01/18/2018   eWeek Cloud News
NEWS ANALYSIS: The handicapping has already started with most of the guessing focused on the Washington, DC metropolitan area as the most likely site for Amazon’s second headquarters, but there are other strong contenders.
01/18/2018   Virtualization
Microsoft researchers create an artificial intelligence application that can turn text-based descriptions into detailed drawings.
01/17/2018   Virtualization
The acquisition bolsters Veeam as a data protection provider for AWS by adding to its portfolio of solutions that offer availability for any app, any data, across any cloud, the company said.
01/17/2018   eWeek Cloud News
DAILY VIDEO: Facebook is now prioritizing friends' posts over news items; Microsoft and Open Whisper partner on encrypted Skype conversations; Google says its Spectre and Meltdown fixes don't harm system performance; and there's more.
01/17/2018   eWeek Cloud News
F5 Networks' state of application delivery report shows an increasing trend toward multicloud deployments, which could be leading to multiple security issues.
01/17/2018   eWeek Cloud News
New tools provide unified view of security settings and actionable data for heading off threats, company says.
01/17/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Hardware virtualization was a great step forward in application hosting compared to the days of bare metal. Hypervisors allowed us to isolate multiple applications within one hardware platform, freeing us to use hardware resources more efficiently by hosting heterogeneous workloads on the same infrastructure. Still, virtual machines have massive overhead in terms of resource consumption, because each VM runs a fully dedicated operating system.

Containerization advances the benefits of virtualization much further by allowing containers to share the OS kernel, networking stack, file system, and other system resources of the host machine, all while using less memory and CPU overhead.

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01/17/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Containers provide a lightweight way to take application workloads portable, like a virtual machine but without the overhead and bulk typically associated with VMs. With containers, apps and services can be packaged up and moved freely between physical, virtual, or cloud environments.

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01/16/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing
01/16/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Google will also add five new data center regions in a major expansion of its global cloud infrastructure.
01/16/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Cloud-of-things analytics has a simple, powerful appeal. It offers the opportunity to know more about your business, faster. For industries ranging from retail to manufacturing, that means better operational visibility, more responsive customer service, more automated reaction to problems, and improved preventative maintenance. That’s not to mention the potential to increase revenue by launching innovative services based on new insights or event-triggered actions.

But there are challenges to moving analytics into the cloud and building a meaningful framework. Each company has different skills, capabilities, experiences, and needs when it comes to analytics. Some are highly proficient and looking to operationalize their deep learning models, while others are still introducing more contextual data sources. Here are some tips that can help companies at any stage move to the next analytics level.

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01/16/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Azure is now very much at the heart of Microsoft’s enterprise strategy, providing a place to build the next generation of applications and services. It’s easy to focus on it as a platform and as a host for virtual infrastructures, forgetting one if its other roles: a host for software as a service (SaaS).

Over the last few months, I’ve been talking to a lot of companies that you’d think of as traditional infrastructure or software providers. They’re the type of company you’d talk to about adding storage hardware, security platforms, or hefty pieces of enterprise software. But now, as well as hardware and software for your datacenter, they’re also providing software implementations in the Azure Marketplace. So can you.

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01/16/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

We’ve all heard the concerns: While public clouds do a good job protecting our cloud-based systems from outside attackers, what about attacks that may come from other public cloud users? These are known as cross-tenant attacks (sometimes called side-channel attacks), where other tenants on the same public cloud somehow access your data. Should you pay more attention to this fear?

No, you should not pay more attention to cross-tenant attack fears. Here’s why.

First, there are much easier attack vectors to exploit when it comes to public clouds, such as human error. The cloud breaches that I hear about are caused almost 100 percent by human error. Often, people misconfigured their cloud machine instances and thus exposed data that was not meant to be exposed. If enterprises focus on dealing with cloud security, they should be focused there.

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01/16/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Cloud services are moving from the initial “we’re doing it because everyone else is” state to a more cautious, planned migration, one where IT departments have done a careful assessment of their needs and determined what to move to the cloud and what will stay on-premises.

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01/12/2018   eWeek Cloud News
NEWS ANALYSIS: The social network believes that brands and news are "crowding out" personal interactions. Thus, its algorithms are now more heavily pre-editing the information Facebook presents to you.
01/12/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Among the hottest trends in computing, serverless technologies allow developers to run functions as a service, removing the need to pay for an always-on, stateful virtual machine.
01/12/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Google says one of the cloud system updates to repair the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities is so effective the company has open-sourced it.
01/12/2018   eWeek Cloud News
By using analytics, Komprise identifies the data best suited for the cloud, then transparently archives and replicates the data.
01/12/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

People once made requests for hybrid cloud because of the perception of flexibility. Now they make multicloud requests, for the same reasons. Multicloud is just part of a cloud architecture that uses more than two clouds, private and/or public. However, most multicloud deployments involve more than two public clouds, typically AWS, Microsoft, and sometimes one other, such as Google.

Although the concept of having “pluggable clouds” is not at all new, I get more and more inquiries about multicloud patterns that promote the notion of pluggable clouds.

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01/12/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Dropbox's goal is to list on an exchange in the first half of 2018, with the listing to be led by Goldman Sachs Group and JPMorgan Chase & Co.
01/11/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Google’s Container Structure Test framework will let cloud system administrators test and validate the structure of Docker images, the company says.
01/11/2018   eWeek Cloud News
How chatbots actually will be impacting the human workforce in the future is anybody’s guess. Maybe we someday will see chatbots hiring humans to do grunt work for them.
01/10/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

In the late 1980s, Gartner popularized the term “total cost of ownership” (TCO) to define the long-term cost of maintenance in addition to the upfront price of an enterprise technology. Microsoft began using TCO as a key metric to show that although an open-source alternative, Linux, was free to adopt, it could lead to higher costs as more deeply skilled teams would need to manage and troubleshoot Linux over the long term.

Fast forward 30 years—our technology is more advanced and accessible, but TCO remains frustrating and unclear, even as software has largely moved from complex licenses to metered cloud services. The dollar amounts provided by mainstream cloud vendors for compute, storage, and other cloud-based services rarely provide customers with clarity about the full cost of running business applications in the cloud.

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01/10/2018   eWeek Cloud News
NEWS ANALYSIS: "Fun" is now becoming "functional." For example, the use of virtual and augmented reality started out as “fun” consumer apps and are now being used in health care, oil and gas exploration and myriad other professional applications.
01/10/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Enterprises are now, more than ever, managing multi-cloud environments, trying to come to grips with highly complex pricing structures and an onslaught of new cloud services. The key to success is implementing enterprise-grade governance platforms that enable you to efficiently optimize costs across all cloud providers and ensure that you have access to any and all of the cloud services that your company requires.

Tagging of cloud resources is a critical foundation for your cloud governance initiatives. You will need a consistent set of tags specifically for governance and will apply globally across all of your resources. These global tags will add metadata specific to your organization that helps you better categorize each of your cloud resources for cost allocation, reporting, chargeback and showback, cost optimization, compliance, and security.

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01/09/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing
From Cisco's plans for intent-based networking to SD-WAN, IoT and 5G pilot programs, the networking industry is growing and changing by leaps and bounds. Here's what's likely to be top of mind in the industry this year.
01/09/2018   Virtualization
The County of San Mateo’s aging server infrastructure and lack of physical space made it difficult to support operations and take on new IT projects. Here’s how it handled the problem.
01/09/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

According to a recent report by cloud and datcenter vendor Rackspace, “Nearly three quarters of IT decision-makers (71 percent) believe their organizations have lost revenue due to a lack of cloud expertise. On average, this accounts for 5 percent of total global revenue, or $258,188,279 per organization.”

That’s a pretty good hunk of cheddar! This is a real issue and it’s starting to get noticed by enterprises leadership, and even by the stockholders.

Truth be told, these sorts of opportunity costs are rarely considered. Think of the cost of using subpar data analytics, substandard networks, even bad automation itself.  There is always a difference between what enterprises do and what they should do to maximize revenue. Or, more to this case, what they can’t do because their staff lacks the skills.

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01/08/2018   Virtualization
Enterprises all over the map are planning--or already selling--products that fit into this burgeoning market. Let’s chat about how this will impact your company in 2018.
01/08/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing
01/05/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

The internet of things, or IoT, is pervasive these days in your personal life. However, this technology is just getting into the Global 2000 companies. Yet most of the Global 2000 companies are unaware of the risks that they are bringing to IT and cloud security with their IoT adoption.

How did this happen? Well, for example, as thermostats and sensor fail in buildings’ HVAC systems, they are often replaced with smart devices, which can process information at the device. These new IoT sensor devices often are computers unto themselves; many have their own operating systems and maintain internal data storage. IT is largely unaware that they exist in the company, and they are often placed on the company’s networks without IT’s knowledge.

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01/04/2018   Virtualization
Cloud customers can save up to 50 percent by selecting an on-demand GPU virtual machine option that is cheaper because Google can preempt the computing resources whenever it needs to with little notice.
01/04/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Until very recently, when you shopped for a database you had to choose: Scalability or consistency? SQL databases such as MySQL guarantee strong consistency, but don’t scale well horizontally. (Manual sharding for scalability is no one’s idea of fun.) NoSQL databases such as MongoDB scale beautifully, but offer only eventual consistency. (“Wait long enough, and you can read the right answer”—which isn’t any way to do financial transactions.)

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12/29/2017   Virtualization
Canada's Long & McQuade needed a solution that would modernize their infrastructure with high availability and virtualization capabilities but could be managed with limited IT personnel resources.
12/28/2017   Virtualization
NEWS ANALYSIS: 2017 was a transformational year for the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration project, which is now supported on all three major public cloud providers.